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Upholding San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Policy

In our diverse community we recognize that many students and their families are struggling with questions, concerns and fears about the impact of the current administration. We work very hard to make our schools safe spaces for learning for every one of our students. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that a child’s race, religion and immigration status do not create any barriers to their education. As described in our district policies, we will continue to uphold our commitment and support of San Francisco as a sanctuary city for all immigrants.

SFUSD Immigrant and Refugee Supports

Programs Description Links & Contacts
Caminos Legal referrals for Latino students who migrated to the U.S. after 2014, and are in removal/deportation proceedings. Program Coordinator: 415-890-5324
Refugee and Asylee Services Referrals and supports for students and families who have been granted refugee or asylee status (1-94 documentation). Refugee Services Coordinator: 415-890-5324
Sanctuary Education Supports Information, resources, and referrals to school support staff for non-citizen students and families. Program Coordinator: 415-890-5324
College Resources for Undocumented Students Financial aid and scholarships for nonresident tuition at public colleges and universities in California. Website

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

To date, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth have been granted DACA status, which provides work authorization and temporary relief from deportation. The program has enabled our graduates to contribute to their communities by significantly increasing opportunities for higher education and jobs. Unfortunately, on Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over two and half years.

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San Francisco Immigrant & Legal Education Network (SFILEN)

SFILEN logoAs a network of 13 community-based organizations, SFILEN provides free immigration legal services, comprehensive legal assistance and community education.

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San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)

OCEIA’s integrated immigrant assistance programs include a broad spectrum of services that lead to full civic, economic and linguistic integration. For families who are unsure of their status or need legal consultation, OCEIA has developed a new tool to find the right lawyer in San Francisco.